File a Complaint

The Office of Police Accountability (OPA) investigates complaints involving Seattle Police Department (SPD) employees who may have violated a policy, procedure or the law. SPD employees include sworn law enforcement officers, emergency dispatchers, parking enforcement, and other civilian personnel.

You can file a complaint online, through email, by phone, or by mail. You can also come into the office to speak with someone directly. Although you may file a complaint anonymously, it is extremely helpful if you provide a phone number or email address so our investigators can follow up to obtain additional information that may be crucial to the investigation. We also accept complaints from outside agencies or third parties reporting on behalf of others. 

We intend for this process to be safe. You will not be asked about your immigration status. Department policies prohibit retaliation against people for filing complaints. You will not need to speak with the employee you are filing a complaint against.

Ways to File a Complaint

Online ONLINE:

File a Complaint

File a Complaint Anonymously

By Email EMAIL:

opa@seattle.gov

By Phone PHONE:

(206) 684-8797

If your call is directed to the voicemail system, please leave a message and an investigator will get back to you shortly. Please make sure to leave your contact information - preferably your e-mail address - in the message.

In Person IN PERSON:

720 3rd Avenue, 18th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104

The OPA office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. If you come to the office to file a complaint, you can speak to an investigator. The office is located separately from Seattle Police Department Headquarters and precincts.

By Mail BY MAIL:

Office of Police Accountability
P.O. Box 34986
Seattle, WA 98124-4986

Download Complaint Form Download the complaint form